Fresh fruits and veggies can be expensive, but there’s one cheap trick that will help you save money on fresh produce at the grocery store.
Use the grocery store’s scale to weigh your produce before you buy it. Since most fruit and vegetables are sold by weight, you should weigh them to make sure you’re getting the most value for your money.
For example, it can be significantly cheaper to buy some items like apples, oranges, potatoes or onions in bags, rather than individually. But despite their labels, not all bags weigh the same.
Before you pick up that 5-pound bag of Braeburn apples, make sure it really weighs 5 pounds. Try a few different bags of apples on the grocery store scale. You may find that some weigh slightly under and others slightly over five pounds. Buy the heavier bag and you’ll get more for your money.
Sometimes you will see produce like bell peppers, watermelons or pumpkins sold at a flat, per-unit price. In this case, you’ll want to weigh them to make sure you’re getting the largest one for the price.
And don’t forget to give that produce a shake before you buy it. The regular misting of fresh produce can really weigh down some items like leafy greens, so give them a good shake to get rid of the excess water. It will weigh less when you check out, which means you’ll save money.
So the next time you shop for fresh produce, make sure to weigh it. The scale will tip the savings in your favor.